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Pampering, shmampering: This place is about results. Long considered the go-to spot for facials that leave skin clear and glowing for weeks, Ling Skin Care performs targeted, effective facial treatments that have hooked a legion of fans. Owner Ling Chan opened her first salon in Barneys in 1986, and has since expanded to three peaceful locations. Her approach is intense: Clients are instructed to schedule a facial every six weeks and to follow an individually prescribed, at-home regimen using her highly touted products, of which Uma Thurman and Gisele Bundchen are fans. Extractions are a given (“no pain, no gain” is her motto), and every visit is capped off with a freshly concocted mask of Chinese herbs and botanicals designed to address your particular needs. What sets Chan apart is her mastery of both centuries-old Eastern techniques and cutting-edge Western technology. Pressure-point facial massages might be followed by an electrical-current micro-lift to stimulate muscles; ultrasound facials help banish blotchiness and allow products to better penetrate the skin; and photo-rejuvenation helps lighten hyper-pigmentation. When you need your skin to be its glowiest, you might add on a salt microdermabrasion treatment—which, Ling says, is gentler and more effective than the crystals favored by many aestheticians.Bridal
This small salon offers surprisingly good facials—some consider them to be the best in town. Ling’s nonsurgical muscle-toning Micro-Lift Eye Contour ($100) and Micro Salt-Dermabrasion facial ($300) are reliable fatigue fixers before the big day.
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